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Strawberry-Rhubarb Fool

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6

A fool is an old-fashioned English dessert, but it never goes out of style because it’s simple, delicious, and beautiful. Plus, any fool can make it since it’s only a matter of folding a quickly cooked compote into whipped cream. A little rose water adds a floral sweetness, but the fool is lovely without it, too.


  • 3/4 lb. rhubarb, trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick pieces (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 oz. strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced (1 heaping cup)
  • Fine sea salt or table salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. rose water

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 230
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 100
  • Fat (g): 11
  • Saturated Fat (g): 7
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Cholesterol (mg): 40
  • Sodium (mg): 40
  • Carbohydrates (g): 32
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 1


  • Toss the rhubarb with 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar in a 2-quart saucepan. In a small bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Let sit, stirring each occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and juice begins to collect, about 30 minutes. Add the strawberry juice and a pinch of salt to the rhubarb, and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb is falling apart, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the strawberries, and transfer the compote to a bowl. Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold, about 1-1/2 hours. (To speed the chilling, stir the compote over a bowl of ice water until cold, about 20 minutes.)
  • In a chilled metal bowl, whisk the cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Add the rose water, if using, and continue whipping to medium peaks. Set aside 1/3 cup of the cold compote, and fold the rest into the whipped cream just until the mixture looks streaky. Spoon into 6 glasses or dessert bowls and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. (Refrigerate the remaining compote, too.) Serve topped with the remaining compote.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

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    TaraEJones | 05/14/2019

    This is very delicious and sweet rose strawberry recipe.

  • AngelaJ | 04/26/2014

    This is excellent. Easy to make and makes a great impression. Also would highly recommend Fine Cooking's rhubarb ginger fool. I would give that one 6 stars if I could.

  • Ivam | 04/11/2014

    I broke this recipe into two days. Made the sauce the first day and then the whipped cream on the second. It got raves at dinner and I was asked for the recipe. It is a really easy recipe and would make a great "light" summer dessert. Do try it. I used the rose water but could have substituted vanilla if I had wanted.

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    Pielove | 04/09/2014

    Light, delicious and easy-- the method ensures that the strawberries don't get overcooked. My whole family loved it. Garnish with a shortbread cookie!

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